Former Sunderland Player Cabral Charged With Rape


Former Sunderland footballer Cabral will go on trial accused of two counts of rape.

Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, will appear at Newcastle Crown Court after he was arrested on 25 January, 2015.

Cabral joined Sunderland in 2013 and now plays for Swiss club FC Zurich after leaving Sunderland “by mutual consent” in February last year.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman confirmed his trial would start on April 25.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that Adilson Tavares Varela was arrested on January 25 2015, and subsequently charged with rape on June 24 2015.”